Kindred’s Special: Reshevsky vs. Kashdan Chess Match,NYC 1942, Game 8

During Reshevsky’s rise to prominance from a child prodigy to adulthood, he continued remaining in the classical style of e-pawn openings, answering 1. e4 by e5 and continued to employ such defensive strategy throughout his career.  The early dependence was due to his deep understanding of the systems he employed but also because of studying to earn a degree in accounting and preparation for employment that brought in a steady income.  He must be considered a professional chessplayer having wisdom to combine his chess interest with that of providing food for the family table. Thus, the 8th match game as Black against the reknowned Isaac Kashdan who essays once again the Ruy Lopez sets the stage for the following battle.

White:  Isaac Kashdan         vs.      Black:  Samuel Reshevsky          Opening:  Ruy Lopez

1. e4  e5  2. Nf3  Nc6  3. Bb5  a6  4. Ba4  Nf6  5. O-O  Be7  6. Qe2  Termed the Worrall Attack, this move selected by Kashdan may well have come from an understanding of Reshevsky commentary in Chess Review who praised this move in place of the more commonly seen 6. Re1. He noted therein that it seemed more aggressive, less explored, and having a primary purpose to continue developing with jump move planning > Rfd1 > c3 > d4 attacking the center in answer to a black deployment starting with the passive 7…d6 instead of the sharp 6… b5 7. Bb3  O-O 8. c3 d5 9. d3, where play might go 9. …d5 10. h3  Be6  11. Rd1 hoping if Black moves his Q say to d7, then 12. cxd5  Nxd5 13. Nxd5 exd5 14. Bf4  c5 15. Nd2  Rfc8 16. Rac1 a5  17. a4! forced but bold and follows my thoughts about square count.

I point this out because chances are that in researching Reshevsky’s games prior to the match, Kashdan had used this as a weapon against his opponent. Reshevsky varies from the above idea to play a more passive move keeping his center solid and intact.

6. …b5  7. Bb3  d6  8. a4  Bg4  9. c3  O-O  10. h3  Bd7  11. d4  Qc8  12. Rd1  b4  13. cxb4  Not a serious mistake but it lets the Knight to settle nicely on b4.  White may get more from 13. a5, keeping up the central tension.

13. … exd4  14. Nxd4  Nxb4  15. Nc3  c5!  No rest for the wicked. Now, as often seen, Reshevsky goes for a series of exchanges which assures excellent drawing chances and good endgame play.

16. Nf3  Be6  17. Bc4  Bxc4  18. Qxc4 Qe6  19. Qxe6  fxe6  20. e5  dxe5  21. Nxe5  Nfd5  22. Ne4   Rfd8 Offset of the weakened pawn structure is the active units eyeing the White position!

23. Bg5  Bxg6 24. Nxg5  Nf4  25. g3  Ne2+  26. Kg2  Rxe5  27. Rac1 Rd5 28. Re1  h6  29. Ngf3  Nxf3  30. Kxf3  Rf8+ 31. Kg2  Rxe5 32. Rxe5  Nd3  33. Rexc5  Rxf2+ The point of this little combination.

34. Kg1  Nxc5 35. Rxc5 Rxb2  36. Rc6  a5  37. Rc5 Ra2  38. Rxa5 e5  39. Rxe5  Rxa4  Game Drawn!

With this, Reshevsky maintains his edge in the match and only 3-games remain for Kashdan to come back and that means he must try hard to put together a full point!  Can he do it?


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